THE ORGAN PRELUDE
A LITURGY OF PRAISE AND WORSHIP
* HYMNS OF WORSHIP: on insert
#1 Here I Am to Worship #3 Little is Much
#2 Days of Elijah #4 Knowing You
FELLOWSHIP OF THE CHURCH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: Colossians 3:12-21; 4:7-18 (page 1180)
1 Peter 5:6-14 (1215)
Acts 15:36-41 (page 1107)
THE SERMON: “A Good Bad Example”
* CONFESSION OF SIN: (first in silence then in unison)
[First used June 25, 1995]
C: Almighty God, Creator and Ruler of all things, we confess our sin to You. We have been small-minded, and sometimes mean spirited, in our relations with Your people. Enamored with our own limited opinions, we have scorned and resisted truth You brought to us through others. We have not loved and encouraged Christians from traditions different than ours; we have not appreciated Your work in saints of previous generations; and we have not had teachable spirits. Forgive us, we ask, through the all-sufficient sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Renew a right spirit within us, and guide us into all Your truths. Help us be Your faithful covenant people, who bear much fruit for Your glory. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON: There is a Fountain (on insert)
* THE HEIDELBERG CATECHISM
Question 65: Since faith alone makes us share in Christ and all His benefits, where does such faith originate?
Answer: The Holy Spirit creates it in our hearts by the preaching of the holy gospel, and confirms it by the use of the holy sacraments.
Question 66: What are the sacraments?
Answer: They are visible, holy signs and seals instituted by God, in order that by their use, He may the more fully disclose and seal to us the promise of the gospel, namely, that because of the one sacrifice of Christ accomplished on the cross, He graciously grants us the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.
Question 72: Does merely the outward washing with water in baptism itself wash away sins?
Answer: No, for only the blood of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit cleanse us from all sins.
z WEDDING VOWS REAFFIRMED
** AN ANTHEM: All I Have – Chancel Choir
* THE DOXOLOGY, MORNING PRAYER, & THE LORD’S PRAYER
* THE CLOSING HYMN: #362 Praise the Savior, Ye Who Know Him
* THE COMMISSION and the BENEDICTION
* THE THREEFOLD AMEN
* SILENT MEDITATION – Please remain in your pews in a worshipful attitude
until the Pastor leaves
* ORGAN POSTLUDE
* Indicates congregation standing; C = Congreg. Response; z Indicates 8:00 service; ** Indicates 10:45
There are private listening units available during our worship services for anyone with hearing difficulties. Please pick one up at the audio/video booth and return immediately following the service.
WELCOME TO ALL VISITORS who are worshipping with us. We pray you will have a meaningful time of worship and invite you to worship with us again.
FOR PERSONAL PRAYER AND MINISTRY, please come to the chancel rail following the service. Prayer helpers from the congregation will pray with you. Prayer request cards are located in the pew rack for those who wish to submit them.
THE CHANCEL FLOWERS are placed in loving memory of Daryl Moyer by his dad Ron on this the anniversary of his birth, and in thanks to the Lord for the precious gift God gave him and for the years they shared together.
GREETERS TODAY: (8:00) Brett and Jacquie Fretz
(10:45) Bob and Val Hager
TAPE MINISTRY: Today Diane Gehman
March 13th Debbie Guerreiro
THE LAY VISITORS for this week are Ralph and Shirley Clemens.
THE A/V BOOTH technicians are Jeff Kirkpatrick and Allen Kraus.
8:00 Matt and Kate Harris, John and Tara DiLenge (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
10:45 Jeremiah and Brittany Rizzo, Jeremy and Justine Smith (Baby/Toddler; Children’s Church).
WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jesse Fletcher 13th; Beverly Dettra, Braddock Peck 14th; Shane Bowman 16th.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Dennis and Bonnie Doran 10th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is A Good Bad Example. Is there a better or higher example of true Christian living than the life of the apostle Paul? For most folk, he is the gold standard for Christian behavior and belief. Paul was a man of deep character, one who followed through on all his convictions. God chose to use him to write more books of the NT than any other author. His conversion is the model from which we get the Damascus Road experience. He walked the length and breadth of the Roman Empire planting churches. He died a martyr. Yet in the last verses of Acts 15 he sets a bad example.
WE WELCOME Chris and Kelly Kulp to Leidy’s Church this morning. They are excited about God’s call on their lives in the area of missions – and the open door He has placed before them. They will be working with 100 Fold Studio to design and build facilities that will spread the gospel and demonstrate the love of Jesus in areas of the world where Christians are few and far between. We’ll hear a snippet in each service of worship, but they’ll share their full story in the Fellowship Hall during the SS Hour.
ATTENDING THE 2016 LHNM ANNUAL BANQUET? Mary Kirkpatrick worked in Sandy Lake with LHNM for a year and continues to be involved with the ministry. Contact her at 610-324-0939 if you’re looking for a ride to the banquet. The date of the banquet is Friday, April 1st.
THE SPIRITUAL COUNCIL meets this Wednesday evening at 7:30 in Room 16.
PRAYER CARD SUNDAY is coming up in two weeks. If you would like to provide a picture of your child you may do so, otherwise a picture will be taken by Sherise. Pictures are due in to Sunday School teachers as soon as possible.
AUCTION DONATION FORMS for the Leidy’s Church Stormer Lake Auction set for Saturday, April 30th are in your mailbox. Please pray how you can support this worthy endeavor. Call the church office if you have any questions about the auction or ideas you might have about donation items.
THE BUILDING PROJECT doesn’t look like its changing much from the outside. Well, there are a few spots on the gabled ends where the siding is finally installed, but not much beyond that. On the inside, though, vast changes are taking place. The interior of the sanctuary is almost finished. This week the hardwood floor for the chancel area was completed. All the pews are in place, the carpeting is clean, and the stained glassed window is partially installed. What will take some time, though, is the installation and tuning of the organ. Likewise, the sound and video system will require some major time to get done. Everyone will be relieved to know book cases are now installed in the pastor’s study. Enough book cases? We’ll see. All the finishing work is being shifted to the Christian Ed level. A month from now we should be on the cusp of having only bits and pieces left to do. May God continue to extend His grace to us and all involved.
LOVE CRADLE MISSION BANQUET will be held this Saturday. Doors open at 5:00 and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and will feature good Ukrainian food. There is no cost for the evening, but a free will offering will be received. If you would like to attend, please contact the church office or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISSION TO GUATEMALA is underway. Yesterday, Scott Rittenhouse and crew left for a week’s worth of work in Guatemala. They will be doing construction work and ministry to children. They will appreciate and benefit from our prayers. Taleh Rittenhouse, Mitch Moyer, and Japheth Rittenhouse are co-laborers with Scott and some of his high school friends and their family members in this mission endeavor. See the Newsletter for more details.
CONSISTORY meets this Wednesday evening at 7:30 in the Conference Room.
LADIES MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY – New series starts tomorrow evening at 6:45 for five weeks. Embrace – We certainly live in a fallen world, and we all know someone who is experiencing the effects¼someone who is hurting. An important part of apologetics (defending the faith) is helping people understand the impact of sin in the world, and when necessary, lovingly confronting them and helping them change. In the Embrace series, you will hear from women as they share practical, biblical ways to embrace and encourage those who are hurting. This series topics include: Homosexuality: Finding Hope in the Gospel; Suffering: Answering Life’s Toughest Questions; Abortion: Finding Hope and Healing; Sexual Sin: Can Marriage Be Restored?; Disabilities: Finding Hope in God’s Goodness and Truth.
HEIDELBERG CATECHISM NOTE: Christians are prone to come up with ways by which faith can be imparted to those around us. We want to make certain folk have it! The Catechism, therefore, is adamant that it is God who creates genuine faith in the hearts of those who believe. Christians do not dispense it. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. We need to know and hang onto that truth. The means God uses to create faith is the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. We should not confuse what the sacraments do and do not do. They do not dispense faith! They do point to Jesus on the cross. He is our only hope, but our sure and certain hope, for full and free forgiveness of our sins. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper point to Jesus, the Fountain of Life.
SCRIPTURE TEXTS FOR HC: While we only print the text of HC questions in the bulletin, from the date of its publication in January of 1563 the HC has provided Scripture citations for each answer. In case you’re interested in checking them out, we’ll list some of those texts for today’s questions.
Eph. 2:8; John 3:5 for the work of the Holy Spirit to create faith
1 Pet. 1:23, 25 for regeneration via the preached Word of God
Rom. 4:11; Gen. 17:11; Deut. 30:6 for signs and seals of God
Acts 2:38; 22:16; Matt. 26:28 for the gracious granting of forgiveness
Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27; 1 Cor. 11:26 for the sacraments pointing to Christ
Matt. 3:11; Eph. 5:25b-26 for baptism by Jesus and Holy Spirit
1 John 1:7; 1 Cor. 6:11 for cleansing by the blood of Jesus
THE MEN’S BIBLE STUDY meets every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Room 18 (also known as the Youth Room) in the lower Christian Ed wing.
CONGRATULATIONS to Bob and Ruth Bugge who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today. On March 6, 1966, they were married in the morning service of worship at a Lutheran church in Annapolis, Maryland. They will reaffirm those vows this morning in our morning service of worship.
MISSIONS MONTH IS UNDERWAY as of today. Jesus’ command to go to all the nations is still in effect. Leidy’s Church is glad to be part of it. Each week we’ll hear from different missionaries and the work to which God has called them. It’s our joy to support them financially, spiritually, and relationally.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for the Stormer Lake Mission Trip scheduled for July 7 – 17. Seek the Lord to see if He might speak to your heart about answering this call to outreach ministry. An intergenerational mission trip, you’re not old to go nor too young. The sign-up sheet is on the narthex wall. We’re asking the Lord of the harvest to raise up and send out workers into this harvest field. Listen for His call, then respond to that call. We’ll be doing VBS work, community activities, and some construction/home repairs work. Your involvement would be welcome.
ROOMING OPPORTUNITY available. Contact the church office if you or someone you know would be interested in renting living accommodations that include a master bedroom, another bedroom, full access to living spaces including laundry facilities and kitchen. Would share living space with landlord couple.
ENJOY SOME MISSION MUNCHIES in the Fellowship Hall during Sunday School. Sponsored by the Mission Committee, this will be food for our palates while the mission presentations will be food for our souls. All of our adult SS classes will suspend normal classes to be part of this month of missions. Even if you do not normally attend SS, you’re encouraged to be present in March for the mission presentations. Your palate will be satisfied, your soul stirred, and your vision enlarged.
FOR THE LADIES: She Leads – A Biblical Perspective on Leadership for Women featuring Jessie Seneca and Dr. Veirdre Ridgley-Jackson at Grace Fellowship Church, Shillington on Friday, April 22nd, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $69 per person (includes lunch). Priscilla Shirer Live at Santander Arena, Reading on Saturday, April 23rd, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $55 per person. For details or to register, visit moreofhiministries.org.
ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! Clocks spring forward next Saturday evening, even those at Leidy’s Church. If you do not change yours, then you may find yourself arriving very late for services next week.
LOST SHEEP prayer group meets the second Monday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary, and the 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Cindy Filson.
2016 MENNONITE CANNING UNIT comes to our area for three days on March 14th, 15th and 16th. Through this program nutritious, protein-packed cans of meat are distributed around the world to help malnourished folk affected by natural disasters and other emergencies. Volunteers are asked to work a two, four, or six hour shift according to what best suits one’s schedule. Work to be done includes the filling, washing, and labeling of cans, preparing boxes for shipment, loading trucks, and general site clean-up. If you would like to volunteer, please call the Mennonite Resource Center at 267-203-8074. All work is done on MRC site at 737 Hagey Center Drive, just off Schoolhouse Road near the Hagey bus terminal.
THE STORMER LAKE MISSIONS TRIP is done in partnership with Living Hope Native Ministries. LHNM’s 2016 annual banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 1st (no fooling) at Yoder’s Restaurant in New Holland, PA. Join us for a night of good food and great stories about how God is working through the mission. Register for this freewill offering event at www.lhnm.org or by calling 855-367-8199.
THANK YOU from Peg Mower for the prayers, cards, and concerns for her since her surgery.
THIS WEEK AT LEIDY’S CHURCH
SUNDAY 6:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship
MONDAY 8:30 a.m. Conference Room Resvd.
9:00 a.m. Home School Classes
6:30 p.m. Volleyball
6:45 p.m. Women’s Bible Study – Rm. 16
7:00 p.m. How to Study the Bible – Rm. 20
7:00 p.m. Outreach Committee – C.R.
TUESDAY 7:00 p.m. Grace Community – F.H.
7:00 p.m. Women’s Ministry Mtg. – C.R.
7:00 p.m. Elder Prayer – Room 16
7:30 p.m. Spiritual Council – Room 16
WEDNESDAY Kitchen Resvd.
7:00 p.m. Bell Choir
7:30 p.m. Chancel Choir
7:30 p.m. Consistory – C.R.
THURSDAY Kitchen Resvd.
9:00 a.m. Precept Study – Rm. 16
7:30 p.m. Men’s Bible Study – Rm. 18
FRIDAY Kitchen Resvd.
SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. Kid’s Musical Practice
5:30 p.m. Love Cradle Banquet
SUNDAY 8:00 a.m. Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
March 19 & 20 Big Shot Performance
March 20 Palm Sunday
March 27 Easter Sunday
April 15-17 Dare2Share
April 30 SLMT Auction
Here I Am to Worship
Light of the world You stepped down into darkness,
Opened my eyes let me see.
Beauty that made this heart adore You,
Hope of a life spent with You.
Here I am to worship here I am to bow down,
Here I am to say that You’re my God.
You’re altogether lovely, altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me.
King of all days oh so highly exalted,
Glorious in Heaven above.
Humbly You came to the earth You created,
All for love’s sake became poor.
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross,
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
Days of Elijah
These are the days of Elijah,
Declaring the Word of the Lord
And these are the days of Your servant Moses
Righteousness being restored
And though these are days of great trials
Of famine and darkness and sword
Still we are the voice in the desert crying
Prepare ye the way of the Lord
Behold He comes riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun at the trumpet call
So lift your voice it’s the year of jubilee
And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes
And these are the days of Ezekiel
The dry bones becoming as flesh
And these are the days of Your servant David
Rebuilding a temple of praise
And these are the days of the harvest
The fields are as white in the world
And we are the laborers In Your vineyard
Declaring the Word of the Lord
There is no god like Jehovah (8x)
Little Is Much
In the harvest field now ripened,
There’s a work for all to do.
Hark the voice of God is calling,
To the harvest calling you.
Little is much when God is in it.
Labor not for wealth or fame.
There’s a crown and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ name.
Does the place you’re called to labor
Seem so small and little known.
It is great if God is in it,
And He’ll not forget His own.
When the conflict here is ended,
And our race on earth is run,
He will say if we are faithful,
Welcome home My child well done.
When we enter heaven’s portals,
And our Savior’s face we see,
Cares of life will be forgotten,
We’ll be happy glad and free.
All I once held dear built my life upon,
All this world reveres and wars to own
All I once thought gain I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now compared to this
Knowing You Jesus knowing You
There is no greater thing
You’re my all You’re the best
You’re my joy my righteousness
And I love You Lord.
Now my heart’s desire is to know You more
To be found in You and known as Yours
To possess by faith what I could not earn
All surpassing gift of righteousness
Oh to know the pow’r of Your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like You in Your death my Lord
So with You to live and never die
There is a Fountain
There is a fountain filled with blood,
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.
The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in His day;
And there have I, though vile as he,
Washed all my sins away.
Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its pow’r,
Till all the ransomed church of God
Are safe, to sin no more.
E’er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.
When this poor, lisping, stamm’ring tongue
Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song,
I’ll sing Thy pow’r to save